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Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

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Office of

Ben Nelson


Total cost of 39 office trips: $102,005.00


Trips by Ben Nelson
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $36,994.83

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,162.60
source

Destination: SHERIDAN, WYOMING
Sponsor: Big Horn Canyon Ranch Hunting Club
Purpose: TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF BIG HORN CANYON RANCH HUNTING CLUB
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,353.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: MASSMUTUAL FINANCIAL GROUP
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF LIFE INSURANCE COUNCIL
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,348.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Clean Fuels Development Coalition
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CLEAN FUELS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S ANNUAL EVENT
Date: May 6, 2002
Expense: $45.00
source

Destination: MOOSE LAKE, ALASKA
Sponsor: JIM JANSEN
Purpose: FACTFINDING ON ALASKA ISSUES
Date: Aug 9, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: STATE BAR OF TEXAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 13, 2003
Expense: $1,618.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,642.60
source

Destination: SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Sponsor: Kutak Rock
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON CONFLICT ON IRAQ, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT PONCA STATE PARK DECIATION CEREMONY
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,898.88
source

Destination: CAMILLA, GA
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,128.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Purpose: LUNCHEON
Date: Dec 11, 2003
Expense: $627.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE FRIEND OF ZION AWARD
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.00
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $129.00
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, OHIO
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $217.00
source

Destination: WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
Sponsor: Canadian Wheat Board
Purpose: GRAIN WORLD AND CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD DINNER
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.47
source

Destination: CANADA
Sponsor: Government of Canada
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ALBERTA FOR US CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS
Date: Sep 21, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,695.92
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DURING THEIR FULL BOARD SESSION
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,517.36
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ben Nelson

Jason Briggs
David Culver
David Dimartino
Ben Hansen
Eric Pierce
Amy Tejral
James Vavricek
Kim Zimmerman



American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.